Oct 26, 2013

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Savor — the flavor of Klyde Warren Park

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I had the chance to sample Savor, the sleek new Klyde Warren Park-adjacent restaurant with glorious views of the downtown greenspace and skyline. Needless to say, the ambience is vibrant here — floor-to-ceiling windows all around lend the space a light and airy feel, as do the sexy thangs that populate the room, no doubt curious about the new resto that’s been in the works for months.

Seeing as I do Sunday yoga mere steps from Savor, I feel like I’ve watched it grow up, childlike, right before my eyes. This baby — which calls itself a gastropub — delivers New American standards in a setting I’d call more lounge-like than anything else. It’s ideal for hot dates and girlie get-togethers, whether at the curvaceous bar or on the patio watching contented Klyde Warrenites saunter by.

At a recent media dinner, highlights began with the fruity, gingery Savor Cup cocktail (top) a tantalizing mix of Stoli, strawberry, rosemary and honey. How refreshing!

Although I’ve never much liked raw tomatoes, I ate every bite of my tomato burrata salad (below) — watermelon chunks added a cool brightness to the plate, and a mole verde was wonderfully piquant, especially with the burrata. Mmmm. Kudos on the delightful plating, too.

Savor burrata

A chile-braised short rib needed a tad of salt to cut through its fat as well as the cream of the sinfully delicious aged cheddar mac it sat on top of (below). Otherwise, it was a tummy-warming, perfect-for-fall plate.

Savor short rib

An assortment of desserts arrived for sampling, and among them my favorite by far were the Salty and Sweet Pudding and the candy bar-like Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bite.

Savor dessert collage

While Savor’s price point is a little high for me to make it a regular hang, it’s too splendid of an atmosphere not to visit for a treat. I can definitely see myself lounging on the patio for the occasional cocktail and soaking up the scintillating park energy.

Note: A couple paces from Savor’s back door is Relish, an affiliated gourmet burger stand spun off from a popular food truck I used to gorge at right after yoga. Go. Have the mushroom and truffle burger with Old Bay fries. Thank me next time you see me.

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Oct 14, 2013

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Your belly will trumpet Belly & Trumpet

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Last week, I was invited to sample the completely revamped menu at the sleek Uptown resto Belly & Trumpet, which traded its last concept of a menu full of small plates to one brimming with fine fare, from apps to entrees. How did it all go down? Quite splendidly, I’m pleased to say …

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Oct 9, 2013

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Halloween thrills with The Diva and CultureMap!

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I’m pleased as pumpkin pie to announce that the fun and freaky folks at Mockingbird Station have asked me to co-host a Halloween party at one of my FAVORITE bars, The People’s Last Stand!

On Oct. 30 at 8 p.m., moi and CultureMap Dallas nightlife editor Jonathon Rienstra will welcome ghouls and goblins of the night of sips, snacks and supreme scares! There’ll be prizes for the best costumes, so whip out your best gear and dress to impress! Too, we’ll be handing out two drink tickets for all guests, and complimentary bites will be available — so far, this is win-win territory, chickadees.

The screens behind the bar will be showing horror flicks AND DJ Blake Ward will be in the house spinning up a musical storm. The bestest part? All this is free and open to the public (21 and up, of course)! I really, truly hope to see you there — do stop by and say hi. Not sure what costume I’ll be going for, but I always love the flapper look. Oooh, or perhaps I’ll get dolled up like Joan on Mad Men. Hmmmm, so much to choose from. You’d do well to choose fabulously to contend for one of the prizes. Whatever you decide, I hope to see you on Oct. 30! Make sure to RSVP at the event’s Facebook page here.

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Oct 8, 2013

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Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer hits Dallas

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For most of this year, I’ve been on a major ginger beer kick, where my cocktails are concerned. I looove how the spicy, sweet elixir adds a back-of-the-throat tickle to every beverage it’s in. Even a little fizz! The stuff is even delicious on its own, I recently learned …

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Oct 3, 2013

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Get your buns to Sissy’s brunch

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For those Saturdays when you’re looking to rise ‘n’ shine in the most Southern way possible, head on over to Henderson — Sissy’s Southern Kitchen just launched its new brunch menu, and it is dredge-me-in-flour-and-fry-me-up GOOD! I wouldn’t fib about the most important meal of the day, y’all …

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Once you’ve teased your tongue with some tantalizing beverages (above — I firmly recommend the Passion Peach Bellini!), make your way over to the heart of the menu. Among some of the standouts were this creamy, dreamy, hearty Chicken & Dumplings (below), with wickedly tender shreds of Sissy’s chicken, veggies and cornmeal-chive dumplings. Jaw-droppingly good stuff folks — I loved the way the dumplings just melted in your mouth, and the freshness of the veg assortment. The accompanying cornbread was exquisite.

Sissy's soup

Another high point on the menu was the NOLA-inspired Eggs Sardou — you know I love most anything New Orleans. Wink! The poached eggs over spinach and artichoke hearts (top) was surprisingly pleasing — surprising because I’m generally not a fan of whole artichokes, and this one was fine as could be under velvety hollandaise and alongside a generous potato hash.

But no visit to Sissy’s brunch (or the Southern U.S., for that matter) would be complete without Chicken & Waffles!

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Two hot-out-the-fryer pieces of Sissy’s famous fried chicken come atop a crisp, mildly sweet buttermilk waffle with a big, ol’ pat of honey butter. My sampler dish came with a side of Steen’s cane syrup, but if that Dixie delicacy isn’t your thing, I say order up some of the organic maple variety. The cane syrup was a tad too reminiscent of molasses for me, but it didn’t keep me from wolfing down the waffle and the juicy, perfectly seasoned drumstick. I’m dreaming of devouring it again very soon. Oh, Sissy’s, may your Southern-fried culinary stylings never change! And, YOU, my chickadee, get thee to the East Dallas restaurant for Saturday brunch with haste. The restaurant hopes to expand to Sunday, but until then, clear out your Saturday and prepare to wait — it is certainly worth it.

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